Friday, January 06, 2006

A dubious revolutionary?

The Monk is highly skeptical (sceptical in Australia or the UK) of the motives of Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian VP who wants to oust Bashir Assad in a "popular uprising". The BBC article linked above doesn't identify who Khaddam worked under when he was Syria's VP, but the most logical choices are unappetizing: either he was a lackey of the evil Hafez Assad, or a compliant VP under boy Assad who turned against the latter; this profile indicates the former is true. Khaddam claims he has "revelations" he can provide the UN regarding Bashir Assad's involvement in the hit on Lebanese pro-democracy leader Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese leader whose death led directly to the Cedar Revolution, and whom Khaddam had close ties to.

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